The philosophy of hospice is founded upon a belief in the sacred dignity of human life, and the importance of respecting the creed and philosophy of every individual. We believe that all people are responsible both for themselves and for one another. So believing, we are committed to providing such compassionate and competent care as to affirm life to our patients. We believe that each person’s dying is a human experience which affects all who have a relationship with him or her, and that it is always a privilege to be allowed by a patient and his or her family to provide them with care and services at a time of need, especially during the final phases of life.
Hospice is an idea, not a place. Our purpose is to provide care that will enhance the quality of the remaining life for those who are facing a terminal illness. The purpose of hospice is to provide support and care for persons in the last phases of an incurable disease so that they can live as fully and comfortably as possible. Hospice affirms life and regards dying as a normal process. Hospice neither hastens nor postpones death. Hospice provides support and care in the end phase of incurable disease so that people may live comfortably and fully as possible. Hospice believes that through personalized services and a caring community, patients and families can attain the necessary preparation for death that is satisfactory to them. Hospice care offers patients comfort, dignity, quality of life and empowerment.
The term hospice can be traced back to early western civilization. The term was first applied to civilized care for dying patients in 1967 in a suburb of London.